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"A 550-Pound Food Bomb" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following description of German air-dropped food containers appeared in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 22, April 8, 1943.

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A further development of the "food bomb" technique (see Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 20, p. 30) indicates that the Germans are now using airplane food-containers of 250 kilograms (550 pounds)--much heavier than the 30-pound containers previously noted. Me-109 fighters are apparently envisaged for use in dropping supplies to army units cut off during operations.

To feed such isolated groups, the Me-109 (E, F, and G models) when fitted with bomb carrier EPC 500,* can drop the food container. The container, when in position, clears the ground by only 38 inches. To avoid damage when taxiing on a bad field, it should be suspended in the bomb rack at the take-off only. The maximum speed at release is 215 mph, and the most favorable height from 500 to 1,000 feet. It would appear that there is a delay device for the release of the parachute.

*Bomb carrier for 500-kilogram bomb.


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